click to show more information

click to hide/show information About your Search

20130401
20130430
STATION
CNNW 38
MSNBCW 2
CNN 1
KRON (MyNetworkTV) 1
LANGUAGE
English 42
Search Results 0 to 41 of about 42 (some duplicates have been removed)
-boggling. martin savidge is on the ground in west texas, arrived just hours ago. the pictures we're looking are are staggering. what's going on now? >> reporter: the mental sense that's impacted this small town in texas. it has been a blast that has leveled people in many different ways. right now the effort is focused on still trying to evacuate those who may be caught up in the area of danger where there are the fumes from this fertilizer plant and also trying to rescue those who could be trapped in any of the debris. the first wave of those who could be injured, well over 150 people, have been transported. injuries range from minor to the severe. the second wave anticipated is when daylight comes because that's when authorities will have a greater ability to maneuver. it's very dark out around the plant now. it's very dangerous. but the threat of another explosion with the possibility of poisonous gas. there's so much debris, officials say, that it makes it very difficult for them to move around. here's what the public information officer told us just a few minutes ago. >> this is a down
're going to go back to our martin savidge who is there on the scene. we heard from martin just a short time ago. bring us up to date on the new information that you have on this fire and explosion and the aftermath of this fertilizer plant. >> we're at the command post, set up at a cattle action site. we are told that there is going to be a briefing coming up in the next few minutes. so there is a large gathering of the media here. a whole stack of microphones as we wait to hear the latest information. right now, there are a number of concerns. i think they were expressed by the highway patrol officer, that they are looking for those who still may be trapped or injured. and then there's going to be this problem with the weather shift coming in. that's expected around daylight. wind shift, rains coming and a lot of things that will make their efforts more difficult. i was talking to a number of the residents. they have come here because like everybody else, they were evacuated. they don't know where to go and trying to find out exactly what is happening in their community. it is a small town
explosion. for an overview of how the town is coping with the disaster we go now to martin savidge. >> reporter: the first aerial video of west, texas after the blast is stunning and emotional. >> i just toured the site, both from the air and from the ground. >> and, frankly, the observation along the area around the site is just total devastation. >> reporter: at least a four-block radius around the fertilizer plant is almost completely leveled. from the ground the view is just as horrific and heart wrenching. >> this appears to be what was a home over here, completely just obliterated, smoking, charred. >> reporter: all day thursday search teams continued looking for the living and the dead. including a number of the town's first responders of volunteer fire fighters, who raced to douse the flames and evacuate those in danger. they bought time for their friends and neighbors, paying for it with their own lives or injuries. they were trying to sit me down because i'm bleeding. >> i said, 'i've got a job to do. >> there's people hurt more than me.' >> reporter: west, texas is so sm
by with an update on the medical situation there. we're going to begin in west with martin savidge on the groun near the scene. what the the latest? >> john, it's been such a difficult night. it is only going to become an even more difficult day. once daylight comes here, that's when people are really going to be able to see the devastation that has ripped out the heart of their community and, also, when we believe that the death toll and it is expected to rise, as investigators will have the opportunity to go door to door. the search and rescue is still under way and there is is some positive news. a small sliver of it the mayor delivered just homes ago. >> stunning video. the west fertilizer plant in the small town of west, texas, about 20 miles from waco, exploding. the blast of the massive fire that followed, leaving dozens of homes and buildings heavily damaged or destroyed. the town's mayor telling cnn what it felt like. >> i just never have seen an explosion like that. it was just a ball of fire and went up like a nuclear bomb went off. big old mushroom cloud. >> reporter: the blast was so st
, another 200 were injured, there are still some people uncutted for and cnn's martin savidge is live in west texas this morning. martin, what is the latest? >> reporter: good morning, john. the recovery efforts's going to continue today. two things they're focusing on, one, trying to find those who may still be among the victims that are buried and on top of that trying to figure out exactly how did this happen, what exploded and why did it explode with such a devastating impact. town of only 2,600 people, 50 homes destroyed other buildings as well. three of the four schools have been damaged in some way. i can go on and on but that gives you the sense of impact. it is hoped the death toll will not rise too much beyond the 14 you mentioned, but it could rise. i also just want to give you some of the statement that was released by the company. we heard from them for the very first time, locally owned. i've heard statements from companies in aftermath of disaster, never have i heart one so heartfelt, "the selfless sacrifice of the first responders who died trying to protect all of us i
. 200 were injured. martin savidge is live in west, texas. there are still who are unaccounted for. thankfully not as many as reported earlier, some 60 then but now only a handful. how likely is it they will find those people alive? >> reporter: not too likely. this is no longer a search and rescue mission, it's search and recovery, and that's a clear indication if they do find anybody they probably won't be alive. yesterday they talked about 60 unaccounted for, and today they said it's about a handful, and they have one other building that needs to be searched. the problem and the reason it has been slow, the devastation is so extensive, and before teams can go in to look for anybody live or dead, they have to make sure the building is structurally sound. they have to rebuild the building before they can dig down there. it's hope, as horrible as this sounds, that 14 may be the maximum of the death toll, but it's not for certain. you should point out the vast majority of the death toll are the first responders, the 45 volunteer firefighters and emss as well, and other firefighters
, martin savidge. how do they relate to the murders at hand? >> reporter: well, they don't, as you pointed out. these arrests show that they're not going to tolerate any threat and they're going to come down hard on you if you do. one posted something online and another called in on a tip line. both now are being held on $1 million each and charged with a terrific threat. as far as the investigation, there is not a lot that is being said here. however, there is a tremendous amount of resources. have the state resources that are here and many federal assets have been brought in. again, this is the kind of attack on law enforcement that certainly won't be tolerated. they want to make sure they get it done and get it done right. they're not talking about who the suspects are at this particular time. mclellands were murdered a week ago. she spoke to anderson last night about them. >> they were amazing. they were the most amazing people i have ever known in my entire life. they had such conviction and such strength and they really believed in what they were doing and they loved their family. yo
lelland's mirther and that of his wife. our martin savidge has more from kaufman, texas. >> reporter: the traumatized family of mike mclelland says not enough is being done to find the killer or killers and protect other possible victims, including them. >> they're on edge right now. if someone is willing to come out and shoot the district attorney and his wife in their home, obviously, their mindset is, you know, anything else is possible. >> reporter: according to the family spokesperson following the murder of his chief prosecutor in january, mclelland often worried local authorities didn't have enough resources to conduct both a murder investigation and provide security for other potential targets. >> if you're going to put folks to secure officials, who is doing the investigation. who is patrolling the streets? who's keeping the rest of kaufman safe? >> reporter: why in this video obtained by cnn news mclelland is in a local gun store. he was inquiring about protection for his staff. less than 234 hours later, mclelland himself was murdered, along with his wife, shot multiple ti
heard a lot about the so-called gun show loophole. what does it look like up close? our martin savidge and cnn crew hit the road last weekend to find out. >> it is a simple idea, how easily can you buy a gun at a gun show. a cnn crew took a weekend drive. 600 miles with a pocketful of cash, hitting five gun shows in three states. tennessee, south carolina, and georgia. first stop, he will jay in north georgia. >> weren't a lot of vendors, wasn't a lot of product to buy. >> next went to tennessee for a saturday morning local gun show in a hotel convention center. it was a smith and wesson mp .45 caliber semi automatic that first caught the producer's eye. asking price, $625. >> it's a nice one, it's not brand spanking new, but -- >> make me an offer. >> cash and carry, or do i have to fill out paperwork. >> cash and carry. >> it is early. the team opts to keep looking. ten to twenty minutes, back to the same table, negotiating for the same gun. >> 600 for that? >> this one? >> yes, box it up. >> box it up. >> it is a deal. no background check, it is not needed for a private sale. but th
and the family that filmed this video are okay. 14 ear people loother people los in this. martin savidge is on the scene with the latest. >> reporter: the shock in this small community is over but the grieving is only just beginning. investigators say they have just about completed the search to find the remaining victims of the horrible blast of wednesday night. death toll officially stands at 14. it is possible it could go up some but it's not expected to go up by a huge number. 200 people were injured in that same blast. most of them have now been released from area hospitals although there are about a dozen or so that remain hospitalized and those are some of the more serious cases. there's also hundreds of people that continue to be evacuated from their homes. and they are growing frustrated because like anyone else they want to get back and see what damage has been done and see what they can salvage of their lives. 50 homes were destroyed completely. others in varying forms of damage and then there is the process of trying to determine exactly what caused this blast. there had been
. that's where we find cnn's martin savidge in west, texas, for us. good morning, martin. what's the latest? >> reporter: good morning, john. yeah, this is the command post we're standing at. it normally is a cattle auction site. it's far from normal here in this community. this town has had its heart ripped out as a result of that massive explosion that occurred yesterday evening. let's be clear, this is still an ongoing operation. there are still threats, still dangers, still rescues and evacuations that are taking place. this town may be small, but the impact has been huge. stunning video. the west fertilizer plant in the small town of west, texas, exploded. the blast and the massive fire followed leaving dozens of homes and buildings destroyed. the town's mayor telling cnn what it felt like. >> i've never experienced an explosion like that. it was a ball of fire. went up like a nuclear bomb went off. big old mushroom cloud. >> reporter: the blast was so strong, it registered as a magnitude 2.1 earthquake. >> explosion on the horizon. >> a bomb just went off inside here. it'
significant. also in texas there's been an arrest in the murder of the texas d.a. and his wife, martin savidge is on the scene for us. he's getting new information. we're going to go to him momentarily. he'll update us on that very surprising development in that. in fact, martin is ready right now. martin, update our viewers here in the united states and around the world on what is happened in texas on the murder. in fact, the news conference is starting right there. >> -- mclelland and mark hasse. cindy williams has been charged with offense of capital murder for her part in the deaths of mr. and mrs. mclelland and mr. hasse. she's being held on a $10 million bond. copy of the arrest warrant affidavit will be provided after this conference the identifying information, driver's license, social security number and miss williams been redakted. out of respect for the families of the victims during this time we are not answering any questions at this briefing until we're able to brief the family on the events of the past several days. press conference will be held tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. at location
to the killings. cnn's martin savidge joins us from kaufman county, texas. how do these threats relate to the case? >> reporter: it clearly shows there is a zero tolerance when it comes to authorities and anyone that is making a threat either against law enforcement or against some sort of public official down here in texas and you pointed out what examples of the two men that are in custody and they face a serious charge, each have one charge of terroristic threat and they're being held on $1 million bond each as a result of the threats that were made either in one case it was posting that went online and the other case somebody who actually called it in, which is hard to imagine. they are not fooling around down here. as far as the bomb threat that was made against the memorial service, they are still looking for that particular individual and you can bet they will come down just as hard on them. no direct connection as you point out to the murders themselves, but it is not going to in any way, they don't want to allow this circumstance to somehow spiral out of control where people are making al
with the murder of the kaufman county district attorney and his wife. martin savidge on the phone. bring us up to date. >> reporter: good morning, carol. i had a conversation with the kaufman county jail and they are refusing to give any comment about the latest development. it is quite a bombshell. according to "the dallas morning news," the wife of a former justice of the peace. he's already being held in the kaufman county jail for making a terroristic threat, but 46-year-old kim williams was apparently booked into the kaufman county jail at about 3:00 this morning. and she has been charged with one count of capital murder. now, remember, this is the county that has been shocked by three murders, including the district attorney a couple of weeks ago, his wife. they were brutally murdered. gunned down in their own home and then the assistant district attorney, gunned down at the end of january. that sparked a massive federal and local investigation. that has looked in many different directions. the former justice of the peace is one of the avenues they have been investigating. eric williams
. martin savidge is outside one of the largest churches in the area. martin, set the scene for us on this sunday morning. >> well, it's a beautiful day. good morning to both of you. this is st. mary's church of the assumption. it's a catholic church, and it is the largest here. not effected by the blast, directly. impacted though greatly because so many of the first responders that died in the explosion in wednesday night have connections to this church. some were married here, others attended here, some have family that go here. it is really sort of at the heart of the tragedy here. and all week long the people in this community, the survivors have been leaning on one another i guess you could say. today they're going to be leaning heavily on their faith. so they'll be gathering inside of this church for a number of masses. it's not a special mass, but of course you can understand why it's impactful mass. let's talk about good news and that is people have started going home. about half the town was evacuated as a result of this disaster and they've been waiting to return. yesterd
. even though they had the benefit of daylight is weather. martin savidge on the scene. what's the latest? >> reporter: we are standing here with the latest information coming out of west, texas. what we known as arriving in the area, search and rescue crews are making a sweep of the town. the problem they had before the sun came up, is severe weather that made it difficult for search and rescue. and they are still looking for potential survivors, most are transported overnight. over 200 people taken to local hospitals, and most of the injuries suffered from blast injuries, range from moderate to severe. those that went in to try to rescue friends and neighbors in small town. they know everyone here, said it was a horrific scene. not only the devastation, which they just could not believe, they described it as something like tornado swept through their entire town, they are also just casualties that they saw. people stumbling out of ruins of their homes, many of them covered from head to toe with blood. one nurse i spoke to said she drove to the scene, and she immediately saw a woman stum
tsarnaev. but an update in west, texas. martin savidge is standing by at the fertilizer plant that exploded and kill and injured a lot of people. new information on that. martin, what are you learning? >> wolf, we're getting a couple updates. first of all they say now the official death toll so far is 12. this is the first time they've given us a real hard figure. so far 12 victims have been recovered from the rubble vultd of that huge explosion that occurred late on wednesday night. also they are saying this they have searched now and the search and rescue mission should be pointed out is still ongoing which of course leads some to believe that there is some hope perhaps more survivors could be found in the rubble. they have now cleared 150e buildings in the area of blast site. they have 24 or 25 more structures to be cleared today. they hope to be done with that before the day is done. and they also say that there are about 50 buildings that have been destroyed as a result of the blast. we just had a briefing from the political representation i could say, the two senators that represent t
authorities if you see them. joining me with more on the investigation is martin savidge. why do police want these two guys? >> good evening, anderson. it's because they believe these two men have some important information pertaining to the case. also because they believe these two men are extremely dangerous. you know, this case has continued to push forward even though the prime suspect is dead. authorities want to make sure that he was in fact the murderer and they want to make sure there were no accomplices and also make sure if there were accomplices -- >> we just lost connection with martin savidge. we will try to reestablish it. i'm told he's back. hey, martin. we just lost you. you're back now. >> sorry. i was saying that the reason that authorities have been so adamant is that they're interrogating a lot of people, particularly members of that gang you talked about, and the names of these persons of interest came up out of those interrogations. the bolo, be on the lookout, went out to warn the public and more to warn authorities. these men are considered to be a real threat to any
exactly is a so-called gun show loophole? well, martin savidge and cnn crew went to five gun shows to find out exactly what this is. wound up leaving with more than just information. watch. >> reporter: it's a simple idea, just how easily can you buy a gun at a gun show? so a cnn crew took a weekend drive 600 miles with a pocket full of cash hitting five gun shows in three states, tennessee, south carolina and georgia. first up, north georgia, the venue is small and the selection limited. >> there weren't a lot of vendors. there wasn't a lot of product out there for people to buy. >> reporter: next, the crew went to saturday morning local gun show held in a convention center. it was a smith and wesson semiautomatic that first caught our producer's eye. asking price $625. >> it's a nice one. it's not brand spanking new. >> reporter: but it's early. and the team opts to keep looking. ten to 20 minutes later they circle back to the same table negotiating for the same gun. >> this one. >> reporter: it's a deal. no background check, it's not needed for a private sale. but the seller is legally
. what is that loophole? martin savidge and a cnn crew went to five gun shows to find out. >> it is a simple idea. just how easily can you buy a gun at a gun show? so, a cnn crew took a weekend drive. 600 miles with a pocket full of cash. hitting five gun shows in three states. tennessee, south carolina, and georgia. first stop -- ella jay in north georgia. the selection small. >> there wasn't a lot of product out there for people to buy. >> reporter: next the crew went north to tennessee for a saturday morning local gun show held in a hotel convention center. it was a smith & wesson mp 45 caliber semi-automatic that first caught our producer's eye. asking price -- $625. >> it is nice. it is not brand spanking new. >> make me an offer. >> cash and carry or do i have to -- >> but it is early and the team opts to keep looking. 10 to 20 minutes later they circled back to the same table, negotiating for the same gun. it's a deal. no background check. it is not needed for a private sale. but the seller is legally required to check i.d. like a driver's license to make sure the b
wife just a few days ago. i want to bring in martin savidge, he's in kaufman, texas. what's the latest on the manhunt for the d.a.'s killer? >> we just had a news conference that took place a short while ago from chris hisler, the spokesperson for the mclelland family. mike and cynthia mclelland that were murdered just a week ago. mark hasse that was murdered, one of the late prosecutors murdered a few months ago. this news conference, the family has come up and is highly critical with the way the investigation has been handled so far. they were critical. they said that they father was critical, especially after mark hasse had been murdered because he felt that his county, he felt that his department didn't have the resources to protect the personnel because they feared that there were other people that were going to be hit. and they also didn't at the same time have the resources to carry out the investigation. in other words, they were so stretched trying to protect everyone, they couldn't really move forward on the investigation. now the family is even more outraged because it is th
personnel. martin savidge joins us now in west, texas. martin, what's the latest? do they know at this point what caused that explosion? >> they're working to find that out, anderson and really there's an urgency to that investigation because this plant here is like a number of other plants, 6,000 similar plants located in many small town rural communities just like this one all across the country. investigators want to find out if what happened here was just something very unique to this particular plant, this facility, or is it something that maybe suggests the problem in handling fertilizer in general? that would mean there's a potential for other communities being at risk. investigators are today once again back at the plant site going over what is the obliterated remains of that facility. and the reason that the large parts of this neighborhood remain blocked off like you see here with the checkpoints is because all of that is considered valuable to the investigation. the files and the information in the warehouses of that building were destroyed. so it's really going to come down to al
on. and hopefully the worst is behind them. let's get the latest. we have martin savidge on the ground there in west texas. martin, what is the latest? >> reporter: chris, the latest is that it appears that the situation is stabilizing. and what i mean by that is that the fires are down to just embers. they're able to keep control of that. and they do not seem to notice that there is any leakage of any of that anhydrous ammonia coming from the second tank that did not detonate in the explosion. so both of those are good things. they've also done the look at all the initial area damaged in the blast. it took all night, but they've got it completed. now they go back and do as you heard the methodical door-to-door-to-door. they're not being joined by just local law enforcement or local fire departments rather, they have federal teams now come in. and also teams, federal search teams coming from ft. hood. and they're bringing their expertise, but most of all they need the equipment. some of these buildings are so structurally damaged that before they can send anybody in to lo
, but say they have nothing to do with the murders. our martin savidge is in texas, following up on the case. martin, how do these threats relate to the case of the murders? >> reporter: directly, they don't, miguel. indirectly, they are, of course, considered to be very important. law enforcement won't take any threats against police officer, sheriff's deputy or any county official lightly in light of the fact that three officials have been killed in the last two months. this investigation now is very tight lipped. they are not saying much about where it is going or who may be suspect. there have been absolutely no arrests. that, we can point out, directly tied to the murder investigation. three primary avenues we have heard being investigated, one is that it could be a white supremacist group. there have been investigations and prosecutions in this county. some suggest it could be drug cart cartels because this is a high drug trafficking area. others say it could be just sn somebody with a beef. right now, authorities are not speaking. the investigation, you can bet, is heavily under way,
, questions this morning about what kind of chemicals were stored on this ten acre site. cnn's martin savidge joins us now from west, texas, with the very latest. good morning, martin. >> yeah, investigators really having to rely on forensic science here to figure out what happened because the records and everything that would tell you what kind of fertilizers were kept in that facility, they were obliterated with the facility itself when it blew up on wednesday night. behind it here is the checkpoint, it's the road, actually, that would have led to the fertilizer plant. the road is still there, the plant is not. the curfew that goes all night long is about to be lifted in half an hour. that doesn't mean that everybody gets to go home. at checkpoints that divide the town, residents line up to go home over the weekend. but only a few of the most undamaged areas were allowed in, facing strict curfews and little or no water or electricity. new video shot by cnn in the explosion zone continues to demonstrate the power of last wednesday's blast. like this apartment building where two people died.
years, long before he died in a police shoot-out in texas. martin savidge in denver, joins us by phone. you have a glimpse into his hate-filled mind. >> it was prison authorities as well. they knew that the interaction with prison guards, he had a real problem with authority, and he would threaten them. strike them, and he would threaten them with death and not just them, threaten their families, and ty managed to get hold of a letter that he was writing to on the outside. this is where the fantasy issue comes in. he was telling the person about alleged the abuses the guards were making and how he handled that. and he said at one point, "i just fantasize about catching them out on the bricks and subjecting them to vicious torture and event you'll murder." authorities believe in the case of evan ebel, he went beyond the case of fan ta sizing. this is one more red flag that authorities had. evan ebel serving time forearmed robbery, prison documents show he was anything but a model prisoner. several times threatening to harm or kill prison authorities. in november 2006 this report describ
's a cnn reporter named martin savidge, who did a recent und undercover reporting and an expended capacity 30 round magazine he bought without filling out a single form, all cash and no paperwork whatsoever without exchanging names of the person the gun was bought from. needless to say they never asked if he was a felon or adjudicated mentally ill or check a database to see if that was the case. the same previously banned weapon used to kill those first graders at sandy hook, the same weapon bushmaster, that purchase took 70 seconds. no paperwork, no names, no questions, no receipt, no background check. that is how we enforce the federal law in this country that says no one can sell you a weapon if you are a felon or seriously mentally ill. that's how we enforce it. the vote yesterday in the senate on the manchin toomey bill was a bill to take one baby step to actually enforcing the federal law that says felons and those seriously ill cannot buy guns. and we don't enforce that because cash and carry guns are still legal at gun shows. if this bill passed it would still be legal but they hav
-to-door to try to find if people are still alive. martin savidge is there for us. martin, have they made any progress or have a better sense of how many people are still missing? >> reporter: no. those numbers you continue to hear five to 15, that's the number of casualties. but i've also been told, you know, don't put a lot of stock in that. they really just don't know at this particular point. i asked them, well, what about missing? do you have any idea of how many people are missing? they say no. there's a couple reasons for that. primarily in the chaos in the aftermath of that event last night, they were literally taking the injured and throwing them into the back of police cars and squad cars and sending them off to hospitals. nobody was writing down names at that point. lives were on the line. there were a lot of people disbursed, may be displaced but not necessarily missing. and that process is working its way through. so that's why the numbers are very fluid. talking about the search and rescue. they did it all night long. and they have covered the entire blast area. but that was the
with an investigation by cnn tonight, by martin savidge, which aired on anderson cooper's show earlier and we've got a picture of the guns that martin savage was able to acquire going to four or five gun shows around america. there they are. including the ar-15 assault rifle, which was used at sandy hook, and a variety of handguns, not a single check was made. nobody knew his name. nobody asked for his name. nobody knew if he was a felon, he was mentally insane. nothing. that was our guy. just paying cash to people who didn't ask any questions. when you see that happening, what is your reaction? >> well, 20% of all gun sales are done without background checks. >> some say as high as 40. >> it could very well be. i'm being conservative saying 20%. i urge congress to be reasonable and work with each other. and pass a background check for all gun sales to keep our family safe. >> senate voted to bring the gun bill up for debate tomorrow at 11:00. that's the first step. what will happen in the house? joining me from the gun vlt violence prevention task force, congressman mike thompson. congressman, is t
not know the victims but are bonded by their heroics. martin savidge is live for us in the town of west, texas. authorities just held a press conference. what's the latest, martin? >> reporter: jake, they're still focused on the crater which you mentioned. today there was some sophisticated equipment 3d measuring they were using to gauge how wide it is, how deep it is. all of that critical evidence that could tell them more about what exploded. more importantly, they want to know why it exploded. they're focusing not so much on the blast but the fire that preceded it. they know 0 it was the fire that triggered the blast. so what causeded fire? that's the focus. the evidence they say is like processing a -- well, a forensic site or any site like, say, you were searching back in time digging carefully layer by layer, slow methodical work. some have said, well, what about reports of sloppy recordkeeping at that facility. investigators say they'll look at that, but now they're looking at the evidence that could perish, they want to get that stuff first. >> martin, we understand the blast di
seven long days at sea, rather than being greeted by martin savidge and myself, rather sad greeting crew there, why not treat them to something like this. congratulations to kate middleton and best of luck to carnival and those red bags. as your life and career change, fidelity is there for your personal economy, helping you readjust your retirement plan along the way. rethink how you're invested. and refocus as your career moves forward. wherever you are today, a fidelity ira has a wide range of investment choices to help you fine-tune your personal economy. call today and we'll make it easy to move that old 401(k) to a fidelity no-fee ira. [ female announcer ] from more efficient payments. ♪ to more efficient pick-ups. ♪ wireless is limitless. ♪ from tracking the bus. ♪ to tracking field conditions. ♪ wireless is limitless. >>> yesterday, we did a story about the high priced world of clock and watch auctions in which we questioned whether the wristwatch is on the way out. a survey indicated 60% of men under 35 now use their cell phone rather than their watch as their primary
and caused the fire that led to the blast. >> martin savidge in waco, texas, waiting for president obama to speak. texas senator john cornyn is now speaking and will introduce president obama who will address the citizens of waco and west, texas in a moment. before i let you go do you know if president obama had an opportunity to inspect the blast site? >> he did that from the air, marine one helicopter passed over the site. he was able to get a good look. it's from the air that you see the tremendous power of the blast which triggered a 2.1 earthquake and was also felt some 50 miles away. and the shattering impact it had on not only a small town of 2600 people but on this full part of texas here. there are many still out of their homes who will not be able to return to that community for sometime. this is going to affect as one person put it that small town for generations to come, jake. >> you're looking at live images of a memorial ceremony in waco, texas where president obama will address the nation momentarily. the explosion last week destroyed not only the town but took a number of
's martin savidge is live in suwanee with more. good morning, martin. >> the house behind us here is where that ordeal all played out. it went on, that drama, for about four hours. but it ended in seconds. and when it was done, the gunman was dead, firefighters were freed, and a police officer wounded. we know that firefighters routinely run toward danger, but not this. >> we maidenry into the home. they were taken hostage by him. >> reporter: it began around 3:40 wednesday afternoon. firefighters near atlanta were called to what they thought was a man having a heart attack. this is radio traffic from one of the five firefighters taken hostage. >> we are in a situation where we have a -- an armed person. >> reporter: the gunman began making demands. >> and he is requesting certain -- certain utilities to be turned back on at his house, and he is armed and we are in the room with him. >> he's going through some financial issues. and the power is turned off along with the kacable and cellphone. >> reporter: one of the five hostages was released. then around 7:30 p.m., police moved in. a loud
this morning about what kinds of chemicals were stored at that ten acre site. cnn's martin savidge joins us now from west, texas, with the very latest. good morning to you, martin. >> good morning, zoraida. getting the answers to those questions like how much material was there in that plant is going to be difficult, because all the records, everything, obliterated with that incredible blast. behind us here is the primary checkpoint to get in to the affected neighborhood. it's actually the road that would have led to the fertilizer plant. but most of those people who were affected by this terrible tragedy still can't go home. at checkpoints that divide the town, residents line up to go home over the weekend. but only a few of the most undamaged areas were allowed in, facing strict curfews and little or no water or electricity. new video shot by cnn in the explosion zone continues to demonstrate the power of last wednesday's blast. like this apartment building where two people died. the outside walls have vanished. trees blown over, torn up by the roots and boulders of reinforced concrete lie ev
is dead. the hostages? firefighters that responded to a call that turned into a trap. martin savidge in suwanee with the latest. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, carol. as you point out, really a troubling story here. it was according to authorities, a phony call that lured the firefighters to come here, believing they were treating somebody who needed to be rescued. once firefighters got here, they found out they were the ones in need of help. >> we know that firefighters routinely run toward danger. but not this. >> when they made entry into the home, they were taken hostage by him. >> began 3:40 wednesday afternoon. firefighters near atlanta, called to what they thought was a man having a heart attack. this is radio traffic from one of the five firefighters taken hostage. >> we are in a situation where we have an -- an armed person. >> the gunman began making demands. >> and he is requesting a certain -- certain utilities to be turned back on at his house, and he is armed. and we are in the room with him. >> he is going through some financial issues and the power was turne
crater to start searching for clues. martin savidge is joining you now from west, texas with more. martin, what exactly are they looking for in that blast crater? >> reporter: good morning, wolf. yeah, just so you know, this is one of the main check points to get this to the explosion zone directly behind us here. it is pretty much off-limits and here is the reason why. getting into that crater is crucial as part of the investigation. a lot of figuring out what happened, what went wrong, will be based on forensic science because the records and everything that was in that facility that could tell them things like how much and what sort of chemicals and what kind of fertilizers, that was obliterated along with the plant itself with that terrible explosion on wednesday night. so going in there, and everything in that explosion zone is considered evidence. that would include say the debris, that would include the kind of damage that was done, the blast pattern coming out from the plant itself. it would even include the victims' bodies and that's one of the reasons they have not been released
. cnn's martin savidge has the latest for us. >> good morning. a lot of questions being asked in this subdivision. is it possible that the homeowner in danger of losing their home may have somehow been pushed over the edge? drama went on for hours but it ended in seconds. we know that firefighters routinely run toward danger, but not this. >> when we maidenry into the home they were taken hostage by him. >> reporter: it began 3:40 wednesday afternoon. firefighters near atlanta were called to what they thought was a man having a heart attack. this is radio traffic from one of the five firefighters taken hostage. >> we are in a situation where we have a -- an armed person. >> reporter: the gunman began making demands. >> and he is requesting certa certain -- certain utilities to be turned back on at his house. and he is armed, and we are in the room with him. >> he's going through some financial issues and the power was turned off along with the cable and cellphone. >> reporter: about 30 minutes into the ordeal, one of the five hostages was released. then around 7:30 p.m., polic
want to bring in cnn's martin savidge in texas. what led to this arrest? >> reporter: chris, a number of things that led to this arrest, primarily events that happened over the weekend, search warrants that focused on this woman's husband. eric williams. he's a former justice of the peace in this county here. he was pushed out of office, actually, forced out as a result of the fact that he was convicted of theft from office. and here is the key element to know in that. the man who prosecuted that case, the chief lead prosecutor in the courtroom, mark hasse. the assistant d.a. who was later murdered. who oversaw the entire investigation, that was mike mclelland, the district attorney who was also murdered along with his wife cynthia in their home. so now apparently it is kim williams who has come forward and said, yes, she was part of that, she implicates her husband, the authorities classify it as a confession. they say that she confessed to involvement in the scheme and in the course of the conduct of the shooting deaths of hasse, mclelland, and cynthia mclelland, and kim williams de
Search Results 0 to 41 of about 42 (some duplicates have been removed)